Dog care is a huge responsibility. In some ways, it’s almost like taking care of a child, except this child barks instead of crying. Although it’s a big task, having patience and knowledge will help make it easier. Keep reading for some great advice.
Hugs are great to give your pets, but kisses are not that great. Dog kisses are adorable, but your dog’s mouth is really dirty. Dogs go through garbage cans, toilet bowls, and love smelling and licking specific body parts of some other dogs. It is folk wisdom that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans. This is not the truth!
Your dog needs to have an annual checkup, the same as you do. Since your dog cannot talk to you, it may be hard to determine when arthritis is setting in or a tooth begins hurting. Annual checkups can catch these things before they become major problems.
When you get a puppy, have him fixed at around two years old. Research has proven that this can reduce your dog’s risk of cancer and make them healthier in general. In addition, spayed or neutered dogs aren’t as likely to roam away from your home, which can result in them getting run over by a vehicle, killed by a bigger animal, shot, or kidnapped.
If you take your dog with you on vacation, keep a photo of him on your phone. Therefore, if your animals get lost, there is a recent photo that can be used for the purpose of locating them.
If you get your dog from the pound, make sure you have a vet check him out right away. Shelter dogs have likely been exposed to all kinds of viruses, such as parvo and distemper, which are deadly. Error on the side of caution and get your dog all its shots.
When making a dog food selection, the cheap stuff is rarely the best choice. After a while it’s good for the dog if it has been eating nutritious and high quality food. You’ll have to pay more, but you can be certain your dog gets the right vitamins and minerals from good sources.
It isn’t easy to care for a dog. You dog’s health and happiness depend on your care in exactly the same way as the health and happiness of a child. It’s not going to be easy at first, but you should have the skills needed now to care for your pet. Use what you learned here and incorporate it into taking care of your own dog.